Definition of pertinent in English:



  • Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite.

    ‘she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions’
    ‘practitioners must consider all factors pertinent to a situation’
    • ‘There are also some implications pertinent to both researchers and professionals.’
    • ‘Yet it's the kind of question that really is pertinent in all the circumstances.’
    • ‘It is pertinent that all parties involved in the peace process remain engaged.’
    • ‘At the time, it was a triumphant, pertinent, poetic and amusing choice to all of them.’
    • ‘They should be giving him much more pertinent advice as to what he should and shouldn't say.’
    • ‘A useful and more pertinent account of the pictures themselves is handed out on admission to the exhibition.’
    • ‘There is one more thing I want to say, about a matter that is pertinent to that.’
    • ‘I don't know if it was a publicity thing, but he does raise some pertinent issues.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a challenge more pertinent to Britain than anywhere else.’
    • ‘The study, so pertinent in its timing, demonstrates that asylum seekers are also victims.’
    • ‘It also raises a number of critical questions that are pertinent to five key areas of business.’
    • ‘Yes, victory here would be a pertinent win for the British golden girl.’
    • ‘The accused's attention will no doubt be drawn to any relevant and pertinent questions asked at interview.’
    • ‘That, I'll concede, makes it at least slightly pertinent to the subject matter.’
    • ‘I happen to think his remarks highly pertinent, which is why I have reproduced them here.’
    • ‘There are many pertinent quotes in the article, but you really need to read it in its entirety.’
    • ‘That leads me to another point in the fight against crime that is very pertinent to the discussion.’
    • ‘For those who yearn for a more gentler age, it is a perfect destination; a pertinent reminder of how life used to be.’
    • ‘We have tried to study all the pertinent factors that have a direct or indirect bearing on such costs.’
    • ‘The second issue may be particularly pertinent to sensitive topics but has a wider applicability.’
    relevant, to the point, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting, fit, apt, applicable, material, germane, to the purpose, apropos
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin pertinent- ‘having reference to’, from the verb pertinere (see pertain).